SRJC Course Outlines

5/24/2024 9:15:01 AMANTHRO 31 Course Outline as of Spring 2001

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ANTHRO 31Title:  MESOAMERICAN ORIGINS  
Full Title:  Mesoamerican Origins of Latino Culture
Last Reviewed:4/25/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR.50 Contact DHR8.75
 Contact Total3.50 Contact Total61.25
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 166.25 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Ancient civiliations of Mesoamerica as the cultural foundation for Latino American peoples in the United States today.  This class examines religious ideas, monumental architecture, art, writing systems, astronomy calendrics, the nature of city and social life, agricultural and food practices, the cultural and environmental impact of Spanish contact and colonial periods, and the distribution of Mesoamerican cultural traditions throughout much of the United States today.                         


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica as the cultural foundation for Latino American peoples in the United States today.
(Grade or P/NP)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100.
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 2009
 C1ArtsFall 2007Fall 2009
 C1ArtsFall 1988Fall 2007
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Students completing this course will be able to:
1. Comprehend and demonstrate knowledge of the basic terms and concepts
  used in the study of ancient and comtemporary cultures.
2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of the origin and development of the
  ancient civilization of Mesoamerica and how that cultural tradition has
  influenced and contributed to contemporay Latino cultures in
  Mesoamerica and the United States.
3. Evaluate the early artistic, architectural, political, and
  philosophical achievements of the indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica.
4. Comprehend indigenous ecological adaptations and the environmental
  impact of the Spanish invasion.
5. Analyze and understand the interaction among diverse cultures in
  ancient Mesoamerica and their continued legacy for cultural patterns
  that extned into the United States today.
6. Comprehend how the impact of the Spanish invasion still relates to
  contemporary ethnic relations, especially regarding religion and class
  issues, in both the United States and Mesoamerica.
7. Discuss material, compose essays and respond to examinations regarding
  course content.

Topics and Scope
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1. The Mesoamerican culture area and tradition.
2. Fluctuating borders and social geography of Mesoamerican/Latino-
  American culture in North America.
3. Hunters and gatherers: The first human settlers in Mesoamerica.
4. Agriculture and food: The development of the farming village way of
5. The Preclassic Period: The foundations of civilization; "Mother
  Culture" of the Olmecs.
6. The Classic Period: Great cities, statified society, and the rise of
  the state.  Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Tajin, city states of the Maya.
7. The Post Classic Period: Empires and conquest. The Toltecs, Mexica
  Aztecs, and Post Classic Maya kingdoms.
8. The Spanish contact and invasion: Syncretism of cultural traditions.
9. Mesoamerican legacies: influences, contributions, and symbols in
  contemporary cultures of Mexico and Central America and the United

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1. Students will read and study assignments in textbooks for each class
2. Students will be expected to take extensive notes on lectures, slides,
  and class discussions.
3. Students will write one or more papers on assigned topics.
4. Students will visit the Jesse Peter Museum to complete 2 or 3
  assignments based on exhibits of ancient and contemporary Mesoamerican
  cultural materials.
5. Students will prepare for scheduled quizzes and exams.
6. A series of assignments in the Jesse Peter Museum will be added in
  order to strengthen the writing component and enhance existing course
  content.  A minimum of 8 hours per semester will be required.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
25 - 33%
Written homework, Reading reports, Essay exams, Term papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
67 - 75%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Geography/Identification
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Michael Coe, MEXICO, 1994, Thames and Hudson, New York.
Michael Coe, THE MAYA, 1999, Thames and Hudson, New York.
  Academic Press, San Diego.
R. E. W. Adams, PREHISTORIC MESOAMERICA, 1991, University of Oklahoma
  Press, Norman.

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